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Child, Lydia Maria Francislocked

(11 February 1802–20 October 1880)
  • Catherine Teets- Parzynski

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Child, Lydia Maria Francis (11 February 1802–20 October 1880), author and abolitionist, was born in Medford, Massachusetts, the daughter of David Convers Francis, a baker, and Susannah Rand. Although her father’s business success allowed her older brother and intellectual mentor, Convers, to be educated at Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School, Lydia (who went by her middle name) received her education in a dame school and a local seminary. After the death of her mother in 1814, she was sent to live with her sister, Mary Francis Preston, in Norridgewock, Maine Territory. She remained with her sister until 1820 and during this period studied at a local academy preparing to become a teacher. Convers, continuing to oversee his younger sister’s intellectual development, introduced her to the works of Homer, Ben Johnson, John Milton, and Sir Walter Scott....

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